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Ashton Kutcher Quotes

Ashton Kutcher Speech

Ashton Kutcher quotes: on hard work, humility, Hollywood, acting, investing, and more.

“Life can be a lot broader when you realize one simple thing:  everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you.  And you can build your own things and you can build your own life that other people can live in.  So build a life, don’t live one, find your opportunities and always be sexy.”

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”

“Working hard, and being thoughtful, and generous, and smart; it’s a path to a better life.”

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.”

“Build a life, don’t live one.”

“I’ve usually found that the greatest rewards in my life come from taking on things that are a little bit scary.”

“I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone.  As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.”

“I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than.  I was always just lucky to have a job.  And every job that I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job.  And so opportunities look a lot like work.”

“I don’t believe that old cliché that good things come to those who wait.  I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can’t sit still.”

“Take a long pause.  Breathe and know that things are happening for you, not to you.”

“Scars are reminders of the obstacles we’ve overcome.  Wear them proudly.”

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart.  And being thoughtful and being generous.  Everything else is crap.  I promise you.  It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less.  So don’t buy it.  Be smart.  Be thoughtful and be generous.”

“My teacher says that everything that you want in the world is one step away, you just have to figure out which direction to step in.”

“I really think that technology has the greatest potential to accelerate happiness of most things in the world.  The companies that will ultimately do well are the companies that chase happiness.  If you find a way to help people find love, or health, or friendship, the dollar will chase that.”

“Anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur like someone else is actually looking in the wrong direction.  You don’t look out for inspiration, you look in.  You have to ask yourself, ‘How can I be better today, at solving the problem I am trying to solve for my company?’  I wouldn’t encourage anyone to be like me.  Just be like you.”

“Go work until you can get the job you that want to have.  And I’m really lucky to get to work with a lot of entrepreneurs that are building some of the coolest, new stuff in the world and these guys and girls work really hard and they put in the hours and they’re generous and care about other people and it’s what led to their success.”

“It’s funny, I talk to some of my friends and they don’t want to get a job at Starbucks.  They don’t want to get a job at wherever because they feel like it’s below them.  And I think the only thing that can be below you is to not have a job.”

“Vulnerability is the essence of romance.  It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.'”

“When it comes to love, everyone wants to receive it, but at the end of the day, you don’t get to receive it until you start to give it.  That goes for everything.  What you give is what you receive.  If you want the drug, you have to give the drug.”

“I really think that you have to find a partner that compliments you and is somebody that pushes you and is better at some things than you are, so they can push you to improve yourself as a person.”

“The truth is that I’m an idiot.  I am.  I don’t do things by the rules sometimes.  I say things that I probably shouldn’t say.  I push buttons.  I deserve to be made fun of.  And I feel like, as soon as you can make fun of something, it instantly removes the fear.”

“I would say probably my most alpha quality is my competitive nature.  I’m very competitive, and it tends to bring out very much the man in me.”

“For me, the most entertaining evening would be to go sit with entrepreneurs and talk with them about how they’re building their companies and how we can help to make them better.  That’s the one thing in the world – well, I love doing that.”

“When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof.  And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant.  And then I got a job in a grocery store deli.  And then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.”

“There was a point in time where I was doing movies to be able to afford to live in a certain way.”

“I don’t have to act for work anymore; I can act for passion.  That’s freeing, but it’s also a prison of its own.  When you can do anything you want, you’re really responsible to do something great.  And that’s scary.”

“True luxury is being able to own your time – to be able to take a walk, sit on your porch, read the paper, not take the call, not be compelled by obligation.”

“There are a lot of perks that come with fame and with every positive there’s a negative and then it all kind of balances out.  The traveling is great.  You get to see so many different places, but there’s a downside – having everything splattered across every media resource that exists, being chased by photographers and have them sit at the end of your driveway every day.  But it all kind of balances.”

“If the fat people just gave the skinny people more food, we could all just eat.  We could solve obesity and hunger at the same time.”

“Your best T-shirt should be like your bed, it just feels like you are home when you are in it.”

“Looks fade.  Don’t get too attached.”

“I am only young once, who cares if I’m a goofball!”

“We all have that desire for something special, something committed.  We all want to be ‘the one.'”

“There’s no sense in making life seem like it’s a struggle, because that doesn’t make anybody feel better.”

“I didn’t come from the worst of situations, and I didn’t come into the best of situations.  But I’ve appreciated the best situations.  And I’ve made the best of the worst situations.  I’m lucky to be where I am.”

“I wanted to be a genetic engineer.  That was my goal in college.  I wanted to figure out what the codon sequence was that causes replication in a cardiomyopathy virus.  That was my goal.”

“I’ll probably never be the best actor in Hollywood, but I hope to be the hardest working.”

“My parents couldn’t give me a whole lot of financial support, but they gave me good genes.  My dad is a handsome son-of-a-gun, and my mom is beautiful.  And I’ve definitely been the lucky recipient.  So, thank you, mom and dad.”

“Whether it’s being a leading man, making TV shows, being with my family, I’ve learned a lot.”

“I’m from Iowa, we don’t know what cool is!”

“I’m happy wherever I go, whatever I do.  I’m happy in Iowa, I’m happy here in California.”

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